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Just Released: 2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

Now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll approach the essay prompts – it’s never too early to start thinking about college admissions!

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 09, 2017

Just Released: 2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application is accepted by nearly 700 colleges and counting. So, if you’re planning on applying to college within the next year, you will likely fill out the common application.

Each year, students eagerly await the announcement of the essay prompts trying to gain a head start on theirs even though they will only be able to apply once the application cycle opens – usually in the late summer.

The 2017-2018 essay prompts have just been released, with a couple of added options and changes.

Now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll approach the essay prompts – it’s never too early to start thinking about college admissions!

Find the seven Common Application 2017-2018 essay prompts below, along with a note as to whether the essay has remained the same, was revised or is new for the upcoming year:

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

Visit The Common Application website to learn more about applying via the Common App or to find out which colleges you’re applying to accept it.

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